Initial Production Check - IPC Quality Control Services

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“Well begun is half done” – Aristotle

Aristotle’s famous saying still stands valid after thousands of years. Initial production inspection is based on the very philosophy of staring your production on a high.  Subsequently, the initial production checks hold a cornerstone position in your businesses’ supply chain sector.  In case you have any doubts about the nature and purpose of initial production inspections, then here are the answers to all your queries.

What is the Initial Production Inspection?

Initial production inspection or IPC is the special inspection that is carried out at the very beginning of the batch production. It is usually carried out when 20% of the production has been completed. The IPC checks for the quality, quantity, and specifications of raw materials and the accessories associated with the production. The initial production checks are also classified as an early warning system that attempts to localize and rectify any defects during the very initial phases of production.


Tetra Inspection will ensure that you start your production on the right footings and avoid any delays/defects during the later parts of production.

Why Initial Production Inspection is important?

Initial production quality control can greatly help you in avoiding bottlenecks, delays, and defects during the production phase that later on result in either fines or dissatisfaction of your customers.

An initial production inspection can greatly help a business in streamlining its supply chain section in multiple ways, for instance, a few of the benefits of IPC are being listed below:

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How the Initial Production Inspection is conducted?

Tetra Inspection will dispatch its team of experienced inspectors to your production site. These inspectors will be backed by strong checklists that will ensure all aspects of the production line are thoroughly checked.  

During the initial production inspection, our inspectors will check various aspects of the production facility and the raw materials to ensure a smooth and seamless production line. A few of the items checked during the Initial production inspection include:

1st article inspection checklist

1st article inspection is a critical step in the quality assurance process for manufacturers. In order to ensure that the product meets all the engineering and design requirements specified in the blueprint, a first article inspection is conducted by a trained inspector. The steps in a first article inspection are:



  1. Compare the product against the blueprint to make sure all specifications are met.
  2. Examine the product for assembly correctness.
  3. Check all the required documentation is in order.
  4. Conduct dimensional inspections
  5. Conduct materials testing
  6. Give feedback to the buyer on any potential issues with the product.
  7. Follow up with the supplier to ensure all issues are resolved.
  8. Ensure all required paperwork is complete
  9. Complete a final report

The purpose of a first article inspection is to verify that the product meets all specified requirements and to help avoid costly recalls, reworks, or delays in getting the product to market. In order to prepare for a first article inspection, it is important for buyers to understand and specify what will be inspected and what the inspector will be looking for. The following is a checklist of items that should be included in a first article inspection:



1) Product Specifications: 

The inspector will compare the product against the blueprint to make sure all specifications are met, including measurements, tolerances, and materials. It is important for buyers to provide accurate and complete blueprints to suppliers so that there are no surprises during the inspection process.



2) Assembly correctness:

In this step, the inspector will verify for correct assembly of the product according to the blueprint specifications. This includes ensuring that all components are correctly aligned and fit together properly.



3) Required documentation:

All required paperwork such as test reports, material certificates, and manufacturing records should be in order and available for review during the first article inspection.



4) Conduct dimensional inspections:

The inspector will check the dimensions of the product to ensure they meet the specifications as drawn in the blueprint.



5) Conduct materials testing:

The inspector will test the materials used in the product to ensure they meet the requirements specified in the blueprint.



6) Feedback to the buyer:

The inspector will provide feedback to the buyer on any potential issues found with the product during the inspection process. This can help buyers catch any potential problems before they become too costly or time-consuming to fix.



7) Follow up with supplier:

Once any issues have been identified, it is important for inspectors to follow up with suppliers to ensure that all problems are resolved before starting mass production of the product.



8) Ensure all required paperwork is complete:

All required paperwork such as test reports, material certificates, and manufacturing records should be in order and available for review during the first article inspection.



9) Prepare the final report:

The inspector will prepare a final report detailing all findings from the inspection process. This report should be provided to the buyer so that they can take appropriate action to resolve any issues.

What to expect after the First Article Inspection (FAI) is complete?

After the first article inspection (FAI) is complete, you may be wondering what to expect. While the inspector will provide a preliminary report of their findings, there are still a few things you can do to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.



Report interpretation: 

Make sure you understand the inspector’s findings. It’s important to ask questions and get clarity on anything unclear. The more information you have, the better prepared you’ll be to address any issues that may arise.



Take immediate action: 

Take action on the inspector’s recommendations. If they’ve found areas of improvement, it’s important to address them as quickly as possible. Not only will this help your article meet all necessary standards, but it will also demonstrate your commitment to quality products.


The article inspection process can be stressful, but remember that it’s ultimately meant to help your product reach its full potential. With cooperation and communication between you, the inspector, and the supplier, the process should run smoothly and result in a better-finished product.


When is the first article testing unnecessary?

A first article inspection is a crucial step to ensure that the initial batch of products meets exact requirements and specifications while also reducing production wastage, money, and time. However, in some cases, it may be completely unnecessary.


There are two main instances where first article testing is unnecessary: when the production batch is too small, and when the manufacturer is well-known for their quality products. In the case of a small production batch, it simply isn’t cost-effective to conduct a first article test. The money and time that would be spent on testing could be better used elsewhere. And when it comes to manufacturers who have a good reputation for quality, there’s simply no need to test their products – you can be confident that they meet your requirements. In both of these cases, first article testing is an unnecessary expense that can be avoided.



In some cases, a pilot run may be necessary in order to include new products in a larger batch. If the supplier is good at their job, they should be able to produce small batches without a first article inspection. This will save you time and money, while also ensuring that the final product meets all the required specifications.

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